Products of the Week: Dutch Ovens, Technicolored Luggage and an Elite Running Shoe Collab
The 14 best pieces of garb and gear that crossed our desks this week
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Each week, our inbox runneth over with news of gear, apparel and tech releases from around the world. In this feature, we’ll parse through the best of it. Today: Le Creuset’s mini bread ovens make baking a breeze, Away releases new carry-on colors, and District Vision x New Balance proposes performance design at its finest.
District Vision x New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2
As any serious marathoner will tell you that the age of the super shoe is upon us. Few look as good as District Vision’s makeover of the FuelCell RC Elite v2, though, and with all the performance touch points of New Balance’s high-end racer, it’s a no-brainer for the swagged-out runner.
Hedley & Bennett Chef Hats
Hedley & Bennett may be known for their kitchenware (their especially excellent aprons are a mainstay in virtually all of the IH editors’ kitchens) but they make a damn fine dad hat, too.
A charcoal grill that’s as easy to use as a gas range? Sign us up. A dial-controlled gem that’ll set and hold temperature from 250F to 900F, the Spark Grill is backyard innovation at it’s finest.
LifeLabs Sleepwear & Bedding
Following a groundbreaking apparel release, LifeLabs is back with a sleepwear and bedding collection designed to keep you cool through the dog days of summer. The startup’s CoolLife fabric found in the new collection is capable of pulling heat from your body, reducing your core temperature by 2° Fahrenheit to promote deeper sleep in the non-REM state. Cozy up in a set of sheets or throw on sleepwear to finally catch some zzzzzz.
Pleasing Shroom Bloom
Harry Styles’ beauty brand Pleasing launched its second micro-collection this week, inspired by a certain hallucinogenic. Similar to the brand’s first drop, “Shroom Bloom” features four new nail polishes, plus “Acid Drops” (a brightening overnight serum) and a hydrating hand and nail cream — all wrapped up in some groovy, psychedelic-inspired packaging. On top of the beauty products, the new collection also includes matching merch modeled by one Mick Fleetwood.
Reebok Nano X2
Reebok’s Nano X2, the newest iteration of the revered Nano trainer, is updated with a brand new FlexWeave knit upper and a re-engineered heel clip. It’s truly the perfect multi-discipline gym shoe for any and every athletic endeavor. The shoe launches worldwide April 8, but Reebok members — a less-than-exclusive club that requires a mere email signup — have access to the new release now.
White Claw Surf
You can catch all of our detailed thoughts on White Claw’s new line of hard seltzers here, but the TLDR version: they kinda rule. Overflowing with bold, refreshing flavors, White Claw Surf might just be your go-to spiked seltzer this summer.
Truff x Warren Lotas
Warren Lotas is undoubtably the slickest designer you’ve never heard of, so it’s no surprise that the trendy hot sauce brand Truff, who are living proof that good graphic design and surprisingly fire sauces (interpret that how you will) can go a long way, decided to tap the young fashionista for an exclusive collab. The resulting “White Hotter” topping is a streetwear spicehead’s wet dream; too bad it’s only available for the luckily few who call Los Angeles home and Erewhon heaven on earth.
Garrett Leight GLCO x Birdwell Collection
As if a six-piece co-branded capsule from OG beach bum faves Birdwell Britches and luxury eyewear designer Garrett Leight wasn’t wavy enough, the matching Competition Jacket, Board Shorts and Troubadour Sunglasses guarantee you’ll be the drippiest dude at the post-surf sesh hang.
Patagonia x Dogfish Head Beer
What’s your favorite beer to bring in your backpack cooler? Forget it, because there’s a new can in town: Kernza Pils, a collaboration between Patagonia Provisions and Dogfish Head Brewery. Provisions is Patagonia’s food arm that seeks to uplift sustainable and regenerative agriculture, so here the partnership with Dogfish Head highlights Kernza, a perennial grain (as opposed to one planted annually) which was developed by The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, in 2008. As for the tasting notes: “…the Kernza adds a subtle, spicy warmth to the beer, while the organic Contessa hops, with notes of pear and green tea, give it a bright, floral character and uniquely crisp, clean drinkability.” We can’t wait to get your hands on a six-pack.
Le Creuset Bread Oven
There are plenty of ways to bake bread at home without buying any extra equipment, from loaf pans to Dutch ovens to sheet pans. But you’ll also want to take a gander at the absolutely gorgeous new Bread Oven from Le Creuset. Go ahead and ogle that elegant domed enameled cast iron in the French brand’s signature array of vibrant colors, and tell me you wouldn’t use the word “gorgeous” to describe it. Built to trap and circulate steam, the Bread Oven proves old brands can learn new tricks.
Away Limited Edition Technicolor Luggage
We don’t know which part of the Away Carry-On Suitcase to be bigger fans of: the durable polycarbonate hard shell, 360° spinner wheels and interior compression system, or the new multi-hued color ways — “bloom” and “tropic” — it comes in.
Snow Peak Home & Camp Lantern
Rechargeable, portable and refreshingly modern, Snow Peak’s LED lantern adds a calming ambiance to any occasion. The adjustable handle and dimmable light, both features absent from traditional camping lanterns, accommodate spaces both small and large, indoors and out. Find this contemporary beacon in three muted colors that accent the couch, the campsite and beyond.
Birkenstock S/S Projects
Not one but two Birkenstock projects feature in our favorite products this week, and for good reason; the German footwear retailers expertly displayed their range with the release of a down-to-earth, lugged Outdoors Collection capable of conquering any trail, and the announcement of their newest collaboration, with none other than Manolo Blahnik (yes, like “Sex and the City”). Edging more chic than sturdy, the Arizona and Boston silos will be made over in colored velvet and adorned with some serious bling — and reportedly run you around $800. The former is available now at Birkenstock’s webstore, while the later releases March 24.
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